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Hewitson Old Garden Mourvedre

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Hewitson Old Garden Mourvedre

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Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
A beautiful wine of sensual perfume and charm.An earthy bouquet of dark plums, prunes, backed earth and animal hide lifted by scents of red flowers, cinnamon and exotic spice has a pinot-like appeal.Silky and refined, with a delightful depth and brightness of pure, succulent fruit underpinned by fine, loose-knit tannins, it finishes with genuine length of flavour, meaty and savoury qualities plus a refreshing acidity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition 2014
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
This ancient vineyard (planted in 1853) is a source of profound and distinctive wine that delivered handsomely in 2010. There s an unmistakably sanguine edge to this: meaty and earthy, darkblue fruits and a wealth of black, graphite-like terroir character. The palate scoops deep and even, really soulful dense tannins with dark berry, dark spice and earthy, meaty flavours all rolling through, not aggressive, just menacingly long and purposeful wine here.
Good Wine Guide 2013
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
A pinot drinker's Barossa red, if ever there was one! An earthy, floral and faintly meaty bouquet of cherries, plums, older oak and baked earth reveals a scent of fresh red flowers, dried herbs and a hint of spice. Smooth and silky, it's long, gentle and willowy, gently delivering a brightly lit, almost sappy presence of cherry, plum and berry flavours knit with fine-grained tannins, before finishing charmingly balanced, savoury and persistent with a refreshing acidity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Clear crimson; a wine that is complete and confident in itself, effortlessly filling the bouquet and palate with its small red and black fruits, a shimmer of tannins throughout, and a lingering finish. Vines planted 1853.
To 2030
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Light, clear, but bright red; the mother/daughter relationship with '10 Baby Bush Mourvèdre is immediately obvious; the wine has greater intensity to its red fruits, but the same lithe grace and the remarkably fine, almost silky, tannins. Will live for a long, long time.
By 2029
Australian Wine Companion, 2011
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Clear colour; remarkable for the core of red fruit flavours inside the wrapping of fine, savoury tannins; together these (and 18 months in French oak) sustain the wonderful length and elegance of this wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
A delicious result from these seasoned campaigners - the vines were planted in 1853. This has brambly, wild red and dark fruits on the nose, some toasty oak and dark toasted spices. The palate's packed with juicy, fleshy red and blue fruits and some fine, dark mineral threads. It's really elegant and even, superbly balanced and toasty through the hauntingly long finish. Brilliant wine - a national treasure.
The Good IWne Guide, 2011 2010
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Bright and clear colour and hue; a fragrant bouquet leads into an extremely finely boned and structured palate, a quiet statement of superiority from 150-year-old vines.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
It's made from mourvedre vines planted in 1853, which makes them some of the rarest vines in the world. Naturally, the grapes they grow are prized. Treasured vines and a treasured wine. OK, so the oak is a bit toffeed and sweet (we'd rather it was just a bit less), but that leathery, blackberried fruit power gains momentum as it travels across your tongue, the breaks then gently applied by fine-grained tannins. Superb-quality wine.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A somewhat idiosyncratic wine that creeps up on you by progressively building flavour and structure through the length of the palate with spicy and pleasingly sour (sour cherry perhaps) notes.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says
Some mad folks reckon that mourvedre is the Barossa Valleys best performing red grape. A couple of recent tastings have made me think the mad folks aren't far wrong. 2006 RELEASE Part of the price is rarity - this is picked off a very small patch of the world's oldest living mourvedre vines (planted in 1853) - but the quality too is extremely high. It's like a good, rich South Australian shiraz complete with all the dark fruited treats you'd expect, with an X-factor attached. Describing that X-factor isn't easy, but it has something to do with the orange rind, spice-box and old dry tobacco flavours that cavort through the wine. It's marvellous to admire, but even better to drink DRINK 2011-2019.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
With more than 150 years of vine age behind it, this wine is striking for its balance and consistency. Typical meaty mourvèdre, smells of ripe plums, black minerals and citrus peel. The palate delivers essence-like flavour, even and rich, it's very complete. Soulful silky tannins and some toasty oak to close; retrospective tastings reveal this is the best with some bottle-age.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide, 2009 2008
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied, yet endlessly complex; has the dark fruits and the fine, savoury tannins which the variety is supposed to have, but which in Australia often seems to lack. The plantings are believed to be the oldest in the world. Even in the 1880s the vineyard was called 'The Old Garden' (Garden being the then name for vineyard).
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
Step up here. Classy wine. Structure, length, spreading flavour and length - hits the tongue and jolts the mouth to attention. Love the integration of chocolatey, spicy, cedary oak and earthy, licoricey, mocha-like fruit - this is an awesome wine.
The Wine Front, 2008 2008
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Scented, highly fruity varietal aromas and flavours; relies more on elegance than power or extract; delicious now. From 1853 vineyard plantings.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
Campbell Mattinson (2002 Vintage) says
Deeply flavoured, tightly structured - the real charms of this wine are yet to properly unfurl. In time it will be beautiful. Orange zest, walnuts, earth, leather, dark cherries, coffee, spice - there are a lot of good things going on here. Give it another few years - then serve it in a big glass. A wonderful experience awaits.
The Wine Front, 2008 2008
Campbell Mattinson (1999 Vintage) says
Gorgeous too. Beautiful weight, exotic flavour, smooth texture and outstanding length. Lavendar, orange blossoms, leather and caramel-filled chocolate. The fruit extends right through the finish, and it beguiles from go to whoa.
The Wine Front, 2008
Campbell Mattinson (1998 Vintage) says
Pure, silken, mature. Leathery, earthen, floral and lovely. Terrifically juicy and soft, interesting and alluring. Love the tips of orange peel, mocha and fresh leather - this is a beauty.
The Wine Front, 2008 2008

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